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This tutorial is a bit involved, instructions wise, but is fairly simple once it is understood .. and I hope that you will try it again using other frames. What you will be needing for this tutorial ... Paint Shop Pro 7. But as far as I can tell this will also work in 6. Super Blade Pro or Blade Pro. The presets used will work in either filter. FM Tile Tools. This is a Demo, but the filter that we will be using for this tutorial is one of the free ones offered in the Demo. Once downloaded, place the filter in Paint Shops Plug ins folder .. the path for that normally is C:\Program Files\Jasc Software Inc\Paint Shop Pro 7\Plugins. Supplies Zip File. The two presets used in this tutorial were created by NK Designs (she has some of the most beautiful presets, I do hope that you will visit her site) They will need to be unzipped and placed in the Environments and Textures folder for Blade Pro. The path for that normally is C:\Program Files\Jasc Software Inc\Paint Shop Pro 7\Plugins\SuperBladePro\environments and textures. The texturetile.jpg and the pinkrose-GD.psp and the UnFrame-GD.psp should be placed in the folder you normally keep your graphics in. Image of your choice. If you would like to use the one that I am using, please click the thumbnail below for a full view. Right click the full image and save to your own hard drive.
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Lets play .... 1). Open UnFrame-GD.psp in Paint Shop.
2). Go to Image/ Canvas Size and enlarge the canvas size to 600 x 400. This will give us some room to work.
3). Go to Selections/ Select All.
4). Use the selection tool to click just once inside the image to float it. It has been my experience (with Paint Shop 7 that is) that if one uses Selections/Float from the Paint Shop Menu, it is like it peels the white, leaving a thin white film on the layer and the rest is floating .. this can make a big difference when applying a Preset.
5). Go to Effects/ Plug in Filters/ Flaming Pear/ Super Blade Pro and load the nk_reflections.q9q preset. Do not apply it to the image just yet.
6). The bevel seems a bit sharp to me ... adjust the bevel Radius to about 12. In Super Blade Pro that is in the upper left hand side, top slider. Do not apply yet.
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7). The pattern has a few lines in it that i did not feel would go well with this frame ... adjust the Pattern size to about 20. In Super Blade Pro that is the slider that is right under the bmp image that can be seen at the top center of the filter. Click ok to apply. Deselect.
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8). Using the magic wand, tolerance set to 0, and click once in the area around the frame.
9). Go to Selections/ Invert
10). Go to Selections/ Modify/ Expand and place 25 in the box. This is going to be the outer frame, but it needs to be on its own layer. Do not deselect.
11). Go to Layers/ Add new Raster Layer. Do not deselect.
12). Go to the layer pallet and drag this new layer to the bottom. It can be named outer frame if you like, but make sure it is the active layer.
13). Set the Foreground color to White and use the Flood Fill tool to flood the selection with white. Do not deselect.
14). Go to Effects/ Plug in Filters/ Flaming Pear/ Super Blade Pro and load the nk_princess.q9q preset. Do not apply it to the image just yet. The edge of the outer frame should come up to the edge of the inner frame .. so that one looks set into the other one.
15). To create this look the Radius on the bevel for this preset will need to be widened from 20 to 27. This makes the edge come two pixels under the inner frame. Again, in Super Blade Pro, that would be the slider on the top left hand side of the filter window. Click ok, once you have adjusted the Radius, to apply the preset. Deselect. Here is what you should have so far ...
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Looks nice I think ... can image two of these end for end as a web page header .. lots of possibilities just as it is, but for this tutorial we are going to use it for a frame.
16). Open the image you wish to frame .. if you are using the same one I am it would be, mother-child.jpg
17). While it is open and active, go to Edit/ Copy. This image can now be minimized.
Going back to the frame image ..
18). Go to the Layer pallet and make sure the inner frame layer (top layer) is active. While holding down on the Shift Key, Use the Magic Wand to select the various openings that you want the image to be in. The image below shows what openings I selected ...
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19). Go to Selections/ Modify/ Expand and place a 3 in the box.
20). Go to Layers/ Add New Raster Layer
21). Go to the Layer Pallet and drag this new layer so that it is in-between the inner frame and the outer frame layers. You can name this layer 'picture' if you like.
(hint: In Paint Shop 7's layer pallet .. if you did not name the layers, you can see what is on each layer by placing the cursor over a layer .. after a second or two a picture will pop up showing what is on that layer.)
22). Now we are just going to pop that picture right in where we want it ... Go to Edit/ Paste/ Paste into Selection .. and there it is ... right were it should be. Deselect. The picture layer may need to be sharpened once to bring back the crispness.
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Now we are going to add the colored panel to the right side of the frame.
23). Go to the layer pallet and click on the bottom layer (outer frame)
24). Go to Layers/ Add New Layer .. you can name it 'inset'
here is what the layer pallet should look like ...
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25). Go to the layer pallet and click once on the top layer (inner frame) to activate it.
26). Using the Magic Wand click once inside the larger opening on the right hand side of the inner frame.
27). Go to Selections/ Modify/ Expand and place a 3 in the box.
28). Go to the layer pallet and click once on the inset layer to make it active. Do not Deselect.
29). Open the texturetile-GD.jpg file.
30). Click and hold down on the Foreground color box .. a drop down will appear .. select the icon that looks like it is made from dots .. click once on the Foreground color box again .. a new box will open and you can scroll though and find the texturetile that is open on your work space .. it will most likely be at the top.
31). Using the Flood Fill Tool .. Flood the selection with the texturetile.
There will possibly be a small part in the upper left hand side that will have not been filled. This is because the selection did not get into that tiny place.
32). Use the Lasso Tool, set to Point to Point, and while the inset layer is still active .. select that tiny bit that did not get filled before .. then simply flood the selection with the texturetile.
33). Now we are going to add a bit of dimension to this ... Go to the Layer Pallet and click once on the picture layer to make it active.
34). Go to Layers/ Add New Layer .. you can name this layer 'cutout' if you like.
35). Click once on the top layer (inner frame) to make it active.
36). While holding down on the shift key, use the Magic Wand to select all the openings.
37). Go to the Layer pallet and click once on the cutout layer to make it active.
38). Go to Selections/ Modify/ Expand and place a 1 on the box.
39). Go to Effects/ 3D Effects/ Cutout and apply the following settings ... and then Deselect.
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40). We do not need all these layer now so ... Go to the Layer Pallet and turn off the top two layers (cutout and inner frame). This can be done by clicking the little glasses in the layer pallet, you will know they are turned off by the red X that will appear.
41). Make sure that one of the visible layers is active and then go to Layers/ Merge/ Merge Visible.
The top two layers can now be turned back on ... this is what you should have so far ... we are nearly done.
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All that is left is to add a bit to the large opening on the right hand side of the frame.
Now you are of course free to place whatever you wish inside this opening ... text would be good, or a tube. Just make sure that whatever is added goes on a layer between the inner frame layer and the cutout layer.
For this tutorial we are going to add a tube.
42). Open pinkrose2-GD.psp. This psp file can also be found (in full size) in the tubes section of this site.
43). While the pink rose file is active, go to Edit/ Copy.
44). Right click on the top bar of the frame image and select Paste as a New Layer from the drop down that will appear.
45). Go to the Layer Pallet and drag this layer between the inner frame (top layer) and the cutout layer .. you can name this layer 'flower' if you wish to.
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46). Use the Mover Tool to arrange the flower in the large opening on the right side of the frame.
47). Go Selections/ Select all
48). Using the selection tool .. click once on the flower to float it.
49). Go to Effects/ Plug in Filters/ FM Tile Tools/ Blend Emboss. We are just going to use the original filter. Click apply. Deselect.
50). One last thing ... Go to the Layer Pallet and set the opacity for the flower to about 50. This gives it a very nice carved look. If you still would like to add text, the opacity might need to be lowered a bit more .. maybe to 30 or 40.
51). Go to Layers/ Merge/ Merge all Visible.
Now you can add a Layer of color behind the frame ... or whatever you wish to set it off nicely.
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Hope that you have enjoyed this tutorial and did not find it to be too complicated. If you have any questions or have any problems please use the email button below and I will do what I can to help.
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